Funding of the United Nations Population Fund (Kemp-Kasten anti-coercion law)

Senate Roll Call No. 81
111th Congress, 1st Session

Rejected: 39-55 (see complete tally)
The Kemp-Kasten anti-coercion law has been in effect since 1985.  This law prohibits U.S. "population assistance" funds from going to any organization that "as determined by the President of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."  During most years since 1985, this law has blocked U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),  because of that agency's participation in the population-control program of the People's Republic of China - a program that relies heavily on government-coerced abortions.  However, an omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 1105) approved by the House of Representatives in February, 2009, contained new language that effectively exempted the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) from the application of the Kemp-Kasten law.  When the bill came before the Senate, Senator Roger Wicker (R-Ms.) offered an NRLC-supported amendment (no. 607) to remove the exemption, and thereby preserve the full application of the Kemp-Kasten law to the UNFPA.  However, the Wicker Amendment failed, 39 to 55 (roll call no. 81, March 5, 2009).  Subsequently, the Obama Administration restored U.S. funding to the UNFPA.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 81
Votes For : 39
Votes Against : 55
Not Voting : 5

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